Australia March jobs jump 70,700, unemployment drops to 5.6%

Australia March jobs jump 70,700, unemployment drops to 5.6%
SYDNEY, April 15 (Reuters) - Australian job creation again far outstripped expectations in March as unemployment dropped to a one-year low and the total number of employed passed its pre-pandemic peak.Thursday’s data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showed 70,700 net new jobs were created in March, double forecasts of a 35,000 gain.Unemployment dropped… Read More

Australia shares close at highest in over a year, extend gains for 4th session

Australia shares close at highest in over a year, extend gains for 4th session
* Tech stocks up for 4th session* Travel stocks extend gains after “travel bubble” announcement* Gold, energy sectors lift benchmark (Updates to close)April 7 (Reuters) - Australian shares on Wednesday closed at their highest in over a year, extending gains for the fourth straight session, helped by the country’s energy and gold sectors.The S&P/ASX 200… Read More

Australia to continue AstraZeneca vaccination despite blood clotting case

Australia to continue AstraZeneca vaccination despite blood clotting case
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia will continue its inoculation programme with AstraZeneca PLC, health officials said on Saturday, after a blood clotting case raised concern about the safety of the vaccine.FILE PHOTO: A medical worker prepares a dose of Oxford/AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in Antwerp, Belgium March 18, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File PhotoA 44-year-old… Read More

EU, Italy block AstraZeneca shipment to Australia: sources

EU, Italy block AstraZeneca shipment to Australia: sources
ROME (Reuters) - The European Commission and Italy have blocked a shipment of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine destined for Australia after the drug manufacturer failed to meet its EU contract commitments, two sources said on Thursday.FILE PHOTO: Vials of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are pictured in a newly opened mass vaccination centre… Read More

Australia building world’s first platypus sanctuary

Australia building world’s first platypus sanctuary
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian conservationists on Wednesday unveiled plans to build the world’s first refuge for the platypus, to promote breeding and rehabilitation as the duck-billed mammal faces extinction due to climate change.FILE PHOTO: An adult male platypus named Millsom is carried by his keeper at an animal sanctuary in Melbourne May 8, 2008. REUTERS/Mick… Read More

Australia a ‘proxy battle’ for world on news media code, says Treasurer

Australia a ‘proxy battle’ for world on news media code, says Treasurer
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia has been a “proxy battle” for the world, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said on Tuesday after announcing Facebook would restore news pages in the country following ammendments to a proposed law.Australia and the social media group have been locked in a standoff for more than a week after the government introduced legislation… Read More

Australia won’t advertise COVID-19 vaccine on Facebook but vows publicity

Australia won’t advertise COVID-19 vaccine on Facebook but vows publicity
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s government pledged a publicity campaign for its rollout of COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday - but not in Facebook advertisements, as a feud continues over the social media giant blocking news content from its platform in the country.Facebook Inc’s abrupt decision on Thursday to stop Australians from sharing news on its platform… Read More